Truck Accidents – Frequently Asked Questions
The weight and size of a commercial truck make it especially dangerous on the road. Drivers have a responsibility to drive reasonably and safely, and their companies have a responsibility to take care of them. If you were recently in an accident involving a commercial truck, you likely have concerns regarding compensation and liability.
At Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC, our attorneys provide legal services to those in Newport News, Suffolk and other areas of Virginia with informed personal injury representation. Often, we hear the following questions regarding truck accidents:
Who Pays In A Commercial Trucking Accident?
In Virginia, the at-fault party must compensate injured parties in a trucking accident. Generally, the liable party in these cases will be one of the following:
- The employer of the driver
- The owner of the truck
- The company responsible for the truck’s cargo
- The company responsible for the truck’s maintenance and repairs
What Types Of Damages Can I Seek In A Truck Accident Claim?
Losses that ensue from a truck accident will vary. Related damages you may recover in a successful truck accident case include:
- Medical expenses
- Physical pain and mental and emotional suffering
- Lost wages from missing work or a general loss in income due to the injury
What Are Some Potential Causes Of A Truck Accident?
While every accident comes with its own unique circumstances and the truth may not always be black and white, potential causes for a truck accident may include:
- Speeding or otherwise reckless driving
- Driver exhaustion
- Inadequate rest due to a company’s failure to property provide for or train the driver
- An overburden of trailer weight or cargo
- Poor maintenance or truck design
What If I Am Partially At Fault For The Accident?
Because Virginia is a pure contributory negligence state, you may find it difficult to collect compensation if you were partially at fault for the accident. If you believe you may have had something to do with the accident, it is vital that you speak with your attorney before moving forward with a claim.